Talking Dolls are Privacy Risks?

Yet another reason why the so-called “Internet of Things” is a terrible idea. From BBC News

An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data.

The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications.

Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it..

In the not-so-distant past something like this would have been a plot device in a science-fiction novel. Nowadays it’s the sort of thing that makes writers of near-future science fiction throw up their hands in despair.

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One Response to Talking Dolls are Privacy Risks?

  1. Synthetase says:

    “Yet another reason why the so-called “Internet of Things” is a terrible idea.”

    What other reasons did you have in mind?

    To be sure the IoT is very much a bandwagon full of buzzwords, but that doesn’t make it a universally bad idea. I’ve got a project in mind to automate/remotely control some home appliances using something similar. The idea is to allow me to remotely see the status/control the appliances via a web page served by a RPi, which then talks to some micro controllers in the appliances. The aim is to make sure the appliances are being run in the middle of the day during the solar zenith to take full advantage of our roof-top solar generation system.

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